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Back to School Edition 2014
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Back to School Words of Wisdom

I know fall is coming when the farm stand that I visit each week adds a display of scarecrows next to the expanding selection of apples replacing the peaches in the produce aisle.

The agendas of our days have also changed as classes replace lazy days on the beach. Homework and
after-school sports practices now fill the once relaxed dinner hour. So here we are- back to school.

In a recent meeting with a high school junior, we discussed how he can make this upcoming year rewarding and successful. We talked about everything that he is looking forward to, as well as his sources of apprehension. High school can be filled with many types of stress, both academic and social in nature. It's important that students have an outlet for stress, whether it is exercise, a favorite place to relax, or just time spent with a good group of supportive friends who can be counted on to listen and provide a few laughs.

In addition to making it a priority to carve out time in a demanding schedule to relax and unwind, students need to be honest with themselves when more is needed to address challenges they are confronting. If a class feels overwhelming because the course material is difficult to understand and grades begin to suffer, students should ask for help immediately, as opposed to allowing the situation to further worsen. Speak with a teacher, explore tutoring options if needed, but don't wait. Don't do nothing and hope that the problem will go away on its own.

This approach is also the one that we must take when students are struggling with mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. Asking for help is a proactive sign of strength, not at all a sign of weakness. Mental health deserves the same attention as our physical health. If mental health matters are not addressed and treated, they will not disappear on their own, and they cannot be wished away. They will just remain and continue to compromise the quality of a student's life.

Take control and own your life. Students should be encouraged to take any steps needed to ensure not only a successful school year but also a happy and healthy life.

We encourage families to get in touch as we're happy to work together and create a plan to make sure that students' goals for this year become a reality.

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The P&A Blog is a helpful resource to learn about popular topics of interest for teens and parents, including college admission, financial aid, community service and summer program opportunities, and more. You can always stay informed by subscribing to our RSS Feed Visit our blog. In case you missed these posts, we have featured them here for your convenience. Please enjoy! 

Looking Ahead: Fall College Fairs


Fall college fairs will be starting on September 7! High school seniors and their families should take advantage of the opportunity to meet with college representatives in the local area, especially if visiting a particular college in person is not a possibility this fall.  Students and parents can learn more about colleges they are considering and speak directly with admission officers who are happy to share information about their schools.     

For tips on how to make the most of a college fair, please contact us. We are happy to help!


NEACAC (New England Association for College Admission Counseling) hosts college fairs throughout New England. Visit this link for the Fall 2014 schedule. Please note that college fairs begin in early September.           
The Education Cooperative will host a college fair on
October 7
at Waltham High School.
Many colleges located throughout the US will be in attendance.

NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) hosts the Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) College Fairs in many US cities during the fall. Students interested in undergraduate programs including music, dance, theater, graphic design, visual arts, and other related disciplines should consider attending a PVA. The Boston fair will be held on October 8. 

All fairs are free and open to the public.
Please visit P&A News and Events to find more upcoming events in your local area.
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SAT, Subject Test and AP Exam Info


The arrival of a new school year means that standardized testing is just around the corner with the first SAT/Subject Test date on October 11. Find all of the information you need about these tests and Advanced Placement Exams at this College Board website.
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